Varoon Mathur, Queen’s UniversityVaroon is a fourth year student at Queen’s University in Canada studying Neurobiology and Biochemistry. He has been involved with UAEM since founding the Queen’s chapter in 2012, and joining the Coordinating Committee in February of 2013. Varoon is primarily interested in the intersection of medical innovation and access licensing strategies in the context of global health, and is a part of the Report Card team for UAEM North America.
Jennifer Nguyen, University of Western OntarioJennifer is a first year MPH candidate at the University of Western Ontario (UWO) and recently graduated from UWO with a B.S. in Biology and East Asian Studies. She helped found the UAEM chapter at UWO and has been one of the leaders of the UAEM-WHO Neglected Tropical Diseases Working Group for the past two years. Jennifer is particularly interested in neglected diseases, social determinants of health, and the role of health communications in alleviating health inequities. She is looking forward to helping coordinate chapter efforts for UAEM’s global campaign in the coming year!
Gaëlle GrouxGaëlle Groux is pursuing a JD/MA in both law and international affairs at the University of Ottawa. She first joined UAEM as a part of the the Western University Chapter while an undergraduate student at Western University in London, Ontario, where she completed a bachelor degree in political science and biology of the human body. She has actively advocated against the TPP and been a long-time member of Amnesty International. She also spent a year interning for the Global Strategy Lab where she studied international health policy, such as the WHO’s organizational structure and pandemic response. Her interests include studying intellectual property law and healthcare policy more generally.
Emmy is a third year student at Western University in London, Ontario studying Biochemistry and Pathology. She has been involved in Western’s UAEM chapter since her first year and had since fallen in love with UAEM and what it stands for. Her work primarily focuses on NTDs, the social determinants of these diseases, and the innovation/funding gap that perpetuates it (shout out to Jennifer for being a phenomenal mentor). She is excited to continue her efforts in advocacy at the global level as well as coordinating UAEM initiatives and campaigns with UAEM chapters in this upcoming year.
Samuel Mehr, Central Michigan UniversitySam is a second-year MA candidate in Economics at Central Michigan University (CMU). He previously served as the CMU chapter leader, and has been involved with UAEM since 2013. He plans to attend law school upon graduation to study Intellectual Property Rights and Human Rights.
Mohammad Shahzad, University of TorontoMohammad is a first year medical student at the University of Toronto and a recent graduate from the University of Western Ontario where he was one of the student leaders at the UAEM-Western chapter. He is excited about the potential impact student chapters can have on their universities’ technology transfer policies and hopes to promote greater coordination between North American chapters and their Access campaigns in particular. His main interests are in healthcare leadership, policy, and advocacy.
Samik Upadhaya, Columbia UniversityA native of Nepal, Samik is a PhD candidate in Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine at Columbia University. Samik began his involvement with UAEM in 2008 as one of the founding members of UAEM chapter at Central Michigan University. While at CMU, he helped organize two global health conferences in 2010 and 2011. He also played a key role in unifying a team of students and faculty to advocate for institutionalizing global health discourse on campus. He believes that proper dissemination of the fruits of biomedical research is one of the most challenging issues facing our generation and hopes to be a part of the solution. In his spare time, Samik enjoys the outdoors and likes to experiment with cooking.
Lauren ChanLauren has been involved with UAEM for the last three years, both at Queen’s and through national campaigns and projects. Last year, she helped with the Global R&D Campaign, which opened her eyes to the incredible impact advocacy work can have on an international level. Lauren has a passion for global health and is particularly interested in neglected diseases and health policy. She is very excited to contribute to both our new and ongoing campaigns!
Chloe StoneChloe is a third year biology undergraduate student at Trinity Western University in Canada. She became involved with UAEM in 2014 and founded a chapter at Trinity Western University in 2015. She is the president of the Trinity Western University chapter. Her work with UAEM is focussed on antimicrobial resistance, developing the “Canadian University Global Health Impact Report Card,” and developing access to medicines curriculum on her university campus. She believes patent policy reform is the key to providing access to essential medicines, and hopes to work towards global change through advocacy and field work.
Navya is a second-year undergraduate student studying Global Health and English at the University of Pennsylvania. At Penn, she serves as director for the Policy Committee of the MedX Program, an undergraduate club which focuses on alternative approaches to pre-med and pre-health. Her work with UAEM focuses on domestic drug pricing and licensing practices, better research and development frameworks for global health, and the impact of trade policy on intellectual property law. She is interested in health justice, innovation, and global health governance.